Drum Story

Elin Kelsey

Soyeon Kim

Drum Story (Hardcover book includes Drum Story DVD with English, French and Ojibwe audio and subtitles)

The Drum Story book and movie was created so people could hear and see the story teller tell the story. This book and DVD combination also featured the Ojibwe language alongside English to showcase the language. This beautiful and ancient story has been passed down through many generations.

The story tells of a young girl given the gift of the first drum, and how she used that drum to bring peace to her people. Told in the traditional oral style, the teachings of the story are all about respect for one another and how to live well and properly with Mother Earth.

This hard cover book is richly illustrated (60 pictures and paintings) with 12 originally commissioned original artworks. The DVD is included in a sleeve on the inside back cover. The combination of reading and hearing the story told in the ages old traditional method is extraordinary. The DVD also features traditional drumming and singing.

Publication date May 20, 2021
Regular price $29.95
Regular price Sale price $29.95

SKU: BP100382

"Scientifically sound and philosophically profound." - Kirkus Reviews - STARRED REVIEW

"Gentle and reassuring, with amazing artwork once again, this is a book that is as hopeful as it is beautiful." - Sal's Fiction Addiction

"Kim's absorbing dioramas create tender scenes of community, intimacy, and loss...readers will appreciate the matter-of-fact, never emotionally prescriptive look at creatures’ mourning behaviors." - Publishers Weekly

"A lovely piece of enhanced nonfiction... Thoughtful and eye-opening." - School Library Journal

"This stunning picture book is unusual in many ways, from its unique and seldom-explored topic to the illustrations done in collage and created using dioramas." - Booklist

"The book adopts a gentle tone and establishes a mood of reverence and respect through Elin Kelsey’s written text and Soyeon Kim’s attractive artwork." - Canadian Review of Materials

Silver Birch Express Award, 2021

Best Books for Kids and Teens, starred selection, 2020

A Kirkus Best Picture Book of 2020

Texas Topaz Reading List selection, 2021

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Publication date

April 15, 2020

Number of pages




Interest age

From 4 to 12